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Full text of "Laughing Torso"

BACK    TO    PARIS    AND    CELEBRITIES
fitting, with a long full skirt, and on the chest, round
yellow buttons like marbles. He wore a bright
green shirt and no hat. We had to change at
Auteuil, as we had decided to go to St. Cloud.
When we got there we lay on the bank of the river
and waved a bottle of beer at the passing bargees,
who seemed to be much amused at us. We then
took the boat back and I returned to Montparnasse
to hear what happened at the ball.
The cafes were filled—this was about twelve a.m..—
with very dirty and very tired people most of whom
were still drunk. Nothing much was to be got out
of them. I knocked on the Pole's door but he was
still asleep and so I went to the Academy and did
some drawings. Later on I found the Pole at the
D6me and he told me what had happened. Ruben-
stein and he had collected Heifetz the violinist, and
they had all gone together. They had a wonderful
time and afterwards had gone to Montmartre to a
night club. It was a place mostly frequented by
French people and had a band consisting of a
rather bad pianist and a rather worse violinist.
Rubenstein said to the pianist, " Give me the
piano/3 and the pianist, who did not know who
they were, said, " Oh no, Monsieur, you might
break it! " However Rubenstein sat down. Heifetz
said to the violinist, " Lend me the violin? " and the
violinist said, " Oh no. Monsieur, you might break
its chords! " but Heifetz took it and they both began
to play. They played Hungarian dances9. and most
marvellously well. The whole cafe was entranced.
A distinguished looking diplomat wept, the pianist
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